- Series: Philip Mercer (Book 4)
- Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451409639
- ISBN-13: 978-0451409638
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 162 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Combining plenty of thrills and a touch of romance, Du Brul's action-packed contemporary adventure zips along like an out-of-control locomotive as geologist Philip Mercer, the James Bond-like hero from the author's previous novels (Charon's Landing, etc.), becomes embroiled in another mission to save the world. Duped by a good friend, Mercer travels to the arctic to reopen a long-abandoned American base camp. In the process, he uncovers a dead body and, eventually, the Pandora Project, a Nazi mercenary's plot to unearth a deadly radioactive element and sell it to the highest bidder. In an effort to derail the project, Mercer leads his team on an arctic odyssey of narrow escapes and death-defying maneuvers in boat, dirigible, submarine and plane. A well-researched foundation of facts and details grounds the reader in this frosty setting, but the story is sometimes difficult to swallow: a cruise ship filled with the world's religious leaders gets caught in the middle of the fray, and Mercer winds up rescuing the Dalai Lama. Mercer's love interest, Dr. Anika Klein, is his fitting counterpart and a strong heroine, and their romance adds a degree of warmth to this swift, sensational tale. Those who enjoy a good adrenaline rush will find plenty here to satisfy.
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"A rare treat--a thriller that blends some of modern history's most vexing enigmas with a hostile, perfectly-realized setting. This is one thriller that really delivers: great characters combined with a breakneck pace and almost unbearable suspense."—Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, co-authors of The Ice Limit and Relic
“Mercer [is] a combination of Dirk Pitt and James Bond.”—Sunday Oklahoman
“Combining plenty of thrills and a touch of romance, Du Brul’s action-packed contemporary adventure zips along like an out-of-control locomotive.…A well-researched foundation of facts and details grounds the reader in this frosty setting.…Mercer’s love interest, Dr. Anika Klein, is his fitting counterpart and a strong heroine, and their romance adds a degree of warmth to this swift, sensational tale. Those who enjoy a good adrenaline rush will find plenty here to satisfy.”—
“Have you been casually looking for a new thriller writer in the tradition of Clive Cussler? Would the idea of a touch of Jack Higgins intrigue you? Do you like your reading to move quickly, have a grant plot, and the good guy gets the girl? Browse no more! Jack Du Brul is here....Pandora’s Curse hits all the buttons. Read it and run to your favorite bookstore for the others.…A dandy read.”—News & Citizen (Morrisville, VT)
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I've only recently started reading DuBrul--having polished off, at least for now, the Cussler oeurve--and I must say that for all the similarities to Pitt's adventures, the breathy, exclamation-point-filled Mercer narratives leave readers wondering about the definition of a "man's man." As far as the comparisons to 007 go, whoever has made them has not read Fleming. Bond was not a boy scout. Bond did not blush at the thought that a woman might kiss him on the lips, as does Mercer in "Pandora's Curse," when pecked on the cheek by his "love interest," the short-haired, boyishly figured Dr. Klein. Hmmm. Inappropriate Bondian comparisons aside, the Mercer sagas make for a good read--especially between the lines.